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High winds and waves brings water safety statement

While a light freezing rain begins late Wednesday and predicted snowfall for Prince Edward County has yet to materialize, local weather forecasts for the Quinte Conservation Watershed are predicting a weather system that will bring sustained strong winds across Lake Ontario beginning Wednesday and continuing into Friday.

Winds are forecasted to reach 50 km/hr by late Wednesday, increasing in intensity with gusts up to 80-100 km/hr for most of Thursday. Winds are expected to subside to 40 km/hr on Friday.

“The forecasted winds may result in storm surges with waves exceeding 1.5 metres along the north shore of Lake Ontario,” said Dave Eastcott, Water Resources Technician with Quinte Conservation. “Due to high winds and storm surges, flooding and erosion damage is possible. Residents should pay close attention to weather forecasts for approaching storm systems with high southeast, south or southwest winds.”

A Water Safety Statement indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous. Flooding is not expected.

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